SHEDsistence Tiny House D.I.Y. Modern Minimalist Interior Design!

Hi everyone! Thanks for checking out the interior design of our home and make sure you take a second to head over and vote for us HERE for ‘tiny house of the year’ as well! (Only if you like our home of course!) The video and photos will be the best way to experience our tiny house interior but we will also elaborate a little on some of the details in the text below.

You first enter the interior of our home at a subtle angle, orienting the user to experience the entire interior at once and ensure a feeling a spaciousness at first glance as well as a fantastic view through the 3 large windows on the opposite wall. The interior is simple, almost minimalist in appearance to allow the act of living to take center stage. Free of physical and visual clutter, we now live have everything we need and nothing that we don’t; an equilibrium that our interior design has nurtured. The dark floor contrasts the lighter surfaces of a Scandinavian Color palate and simple birch plywood forms create the furniture and surfaces.

The 100% dimmable LED lighting strategies range from a beautiful slim cable lighting system in the main space to hidden LED tape lighting in a variety of indirect up-lighting (Loft & Kitchen Galley)) and concealed down lighting (Kitchen Sink and Counter) as well as in-mirror led strips in the bathroom.

Kitchen design

We combined our minimalist vision and love of cooking and the result is a streamline tiny house kitchen that is big on function and allows the experience of cooking take center stage. We have 100% cabinet and drawer storage below our custom 1” thick birch plywood counter tops, one of which waterfalls over the exposed end of our peninsula counter and the other wraps to the ceiling to provide separation between the sink area and refrigerator compartment. There is also storage above our 7.4 cubic foot fridge (Every chef needs a kitchen aid!) and opposite of it on the backside of the stairs where ample rooms allow all of the pots, pans, dishware and other necessities to be stored. An operable window on each end of the galley as well as one behind the sink ensures natural light, ventilation and view at all times while in the kitchen. For illumination we experimented with LED tape lighting using three different applications. Over the sink, we hide the tape lighting in between our tandem loft beams to provide concealed down lighting. Over the galley we used some left over steel angles to create dimmable indirect up-lighting that illuminates the whole kitchen evenly while eliminating shadows. Lastly we used the same steel angle combined with sanded plexi-glass to create dimmable diffused down lighting over the peninsular counter which acts as the ultimate multi-use surface including, dinner prep, meal consumption and communal social surface while entertaining.

Storage stair design

 During the design phase, we envisioned our stairs as a single continuous line, zig-zaging its way up to the loft. To emphasize this notion we embraced the edge condition of birch plywood, where 45 miter joints allow not only the surfaces but the ply striations to remain continuous from bottom to top. We embedded steel flat bar into the leading edge of each tread to protect the corner from wear and tear. The bottom stair is angled to align perpendicularly with the angled entry wall and the top stair is taller than the rest to facilitate easier entry into the loft.

Of course constructing the stairs was only half of the project, as we wanted to make sure that all of that space underneath them was utilized well so it can store all of our clothes. Because of the unique dimensions of the storage doors we decided to make our own and went to work cutting up and painting a sheet of MDF before hanging the doors in place and installing handle hardware that matches our kitchen hardware.

Bathroom Design

At 30 sf our bathroom feels more spacious than its dimensions suggest. A pocket door stores itself inside the wall when not needed yet is at the ready to provide privacy as well as light through its frosted glass, acting as a second window into the bathroom. We installed a clear glass shower door to avoid plastic curtains and allow the entire bathroom space to be experienced at all times regardless if you are inside or outside of the shower. A porcelain tile shampoo alcove above allows the shower unit to remain free of clutter.  It was important to emphasis the center portion of the bathroom and create something that was beautiful enough to want to leave the bathroom door open when not in use. We did this by incorporated reclaimed walnut that was left over from our front entry siding from the floor all the way onto the ceiling, broken only by the dark IKEA vanity, sink and medicine cabinet complete with in-mirror LED lights. The last third of the bathroom is home to our Separett composting toilet and modular open face shelving, that are constructed in the same manner as our stairs and counter tops.

Lastly, we have our gear room, which is less impressive in appearance when compared to the rest of our home but remains one of the most important portions of our home. Even though we only have 204 square feet total we happily dedicated 24 square feet of that to store all of our outdoor equipment to ensure that we could keep collecting the most important things in life: experiences!


Robert+Samantha 🙂


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2 thoughts on “SHEDsistence Tiny House D.I.Y. Modern Minimalist Interior Design!

  1. Janine Ernst says:

    I love that you dedicated space for your adventure gear. As a fellow kayaker and camper I wondered where I would put my gear when I go tiny. You answered this with a great use of space and a bright interior. Love it!

  2. Mark Edmonds says:

    It never ceases to amaze me how inventive people are with space. I look forward to the day I have the opportunity to try it out for myself here in the UK.
    I love your choice of flooring and the cupboard space you have designed into your home.

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